One Day Corcovado Tours

Corcovado
Corcovado
Corcovado
Corcovado


Puerto Jiménez* – Carate – La Leona – Carate – Puerto Jiménez
Group size:

US$40/person

Discounts for kids and nationals. Contact us to get a quote.

Schedule La Leona

5:20
Meeting point with your guide
At the bakery in Puerto Jiménez town (it opens at 5:00 AM)
If your hotel is not in Puerto Jiménez, meeting point will be in Carate or let us know from where you need transport.
5:30
Trip to Carate
43 kilometers on a gravel road
A 4WD is needed if you have your own transport
Observation of wildlife along the way
For an optimal experience, we recommend that your guide travels with you
7:00
3.5 km hike to La Leona Station
1.5 km hike on the sandy beach
2 km hike in trails
8:00
Stop at the Station
Park Registration: Your guide will have your prepaid reservation
Bathroom
Snack (that you brought)
8:30
Hike in the National Park up to ‘El Barco’ point
Flat trail following the Pacific coast (partial shade)
Madrigal River crossing (remove shoes while crossing to keep them dry)
Refreshing dip in Madrigal River natural pool (optional)
The distance walked depends on your guide, your physical capacity and your preferences of making more or less stops to enjoy flora and fauna
12:00
Picnic lunch on the beach
No food available for purchase
12:30
Walk back towards Carate
There are usually less stops on the way back
2:30
Transport back to Puerto Jiménez
The hour may vary according to your guide and weather conditions
4:30
Back to Puerto Jiménez

Schedule Sirena

5:45
Meeting point with your guide
Agujitas beach in Drake Bay (main beach of all boat arrival and departure)
6:00
Boat ride to Sirena Beach
Possible observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Possible observation of mammals on the beach
Llorona waterfall
There is no dock, feet will get wet (remove your shoes)
7:15
2 km hike to Sirena Ranger Station
Walking on sandy beach and an old grass runway surrounded by rain forest
This walk is under the sun
7:30
Stop at Sirena Ranger Station
Park Registration (your guide will have your prepaid reservation)
Bathroom
Snack
8:00
Hike in the National Park
Choice between 8 different trails, most common ones are:
Los Espaveles trail: 2 km, mostly flat topography (thick and varied vegetation)
Guanacaste trail: 2 km, flat topography (impressive trees and Sirena River)
Sirena trail: 1 km, flat topography (by the mouth of Sirena river, marine life can be seen)
11:00
Box lunch at the station
Sandwich, fruit, desert and juice (may vary)
Snacks available for purchase (dry fruits, nuts, energy drinks)
In your reservation, mention any food restrictions, special diet and/or allergy
12:00
Last hike and walk back towards Sirena Beach
1:00
Boat back to Drake Bay
2:00
Arrival in Drake Bay

Schedule San Pedrillo

5:45
Meeting point with your guide
Playa Agujitas in Drake Bay (main beach)
6:00
Boat ride to San Pedrillo Beach
Possible observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Departure and landing from the beach (no dock, feet will get wet, remove your shoes while getting in and out of the boat)
6:45
Stop at the Station
Park Registration (your guide will have your prepaid reservation)
Bathroom
Snack (brought from you)
8:15
Hike in primary and secondary forest
Trails:
Río Pargo Abajo: 1.54 km
Río Pargo Arriba: 2.22 km
Río Pargo by the beach: 1.4 km
Pavón trail: 882 meters
Llorona trail: 5.19 km
11:30
Picnic lunch at the station
Potable water
No food available for purchase
No restriction on what you can bring
12:00
Hike and refreshing swim
Waterfall trail 1: 910 meters
Waterfall trail 2: 1.51 km
1:00
Boat back to Drake Bay
2:00
Arrival in Drake Bay

Schedule Los Patos

5:20
Meeting point with your guide
Bakery in Puerto Jiménez or at your hotel in Drake Bay
5:30
Transport to Los Patos Ranger Station
A 4×4 is needed to travel to Los Patos
We can provide transport for an extra fee
7:00
Stop at Los Patos Station
Park Registration (your guide will have your prepaid reservation)
Bathroom
Snack (brought from you)
8:15
Hike in primary and secondary forest
Trail Los Patos – Sirena up to a waterfall and impressive strangler tree
12:00
Picnic lunch at the station
Potable water
No food available for purchase
No restriction on what you can bring
1:00
Hike around the station
Seeking for wildlife
2:30
Transport back to Puerto Jiménez or Drake Bay
4:00
Arrival at your hotel

What's included?

  • Naturalist & bilingual tour guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Roundtrip transportation from Puerto Jiménez or your hotel
  • Packed lunch

La Leona Ranger Station provides:

  • Potable water
  • Bathroom with toilet paper, sink and soap dispenser
  • Rooftop sitting area

What's included?

  • Naturalist & bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Box lunch at Sirena Station
  • Roundtrip boat transport from and to Drake Bay

Sirena Ranger Station provides:

  • Potable water
  • Bathroom with toilet paper, sink and soap dispenser
  • Rooftop lunch area
  • Souvenir shop
  • Snacks and beverage for sale
  • Electrical outlets to charge your electric devices
  • Internet WiFi (weak signal)

What's included?

  • Entrance fees
  • Naturalist and bilingual tour guide
  • Roundtrip boat transportation from and to Drake Bay
  • Packed lunch

San Pedrillo Ranger Station provides:

  • Potable water
  • Bathroom with toilet paper, sink and soap dispenser
  • Rooftop sitting area

What's included?

  • Naturalist and bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel
  • Packed lunch

Los Patos Ranger Station provides:

  • Potable water
  • Bathroom with toilet paper, sink and soap dispenser
  • Rooftop sitting area

What to bring?

  • Closed up shoes or boots
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Light long-sleeved shirt
  • 2 litters of water
  • Box Lunch (except for Sirena)
  • Swimwear
  • Raincoat or poncho (in the rainy season)
  • Waterproof pack (for personal items)

Why book with us?

  • Emails and phone calls answered in English, Spanish and French
  • Safety experience is our priority
  • Eco and sustainable tours
  • Professional and experienced guides
  • Helping and supporting locals
  • Competitive prices
  • Fair cancellation policy
  • Rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor

Additional info

  • Heat and humidity are extremely high. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are common illnesses in the park. Be prepared and bring two liters of water per person and hydrating/energy drinks. You should drink 200 ml of liquid per hour. The water is potable at each ranger station. In the park, there are stretches under the sun along the beach, we recommend to wear sunblock, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Hiking experience and a good physical condition is a must. This trip is not recommended for people with asthma, heart, knees and ankles problems and/or any other health disease that may affect you during this hike.
  • Meals
    • If you are visiting the stations La Leona, San Pedrillo or Los Patos, you must bring your own food, as no food will be available for purchase.
    • If you are visiting Sirena Station, we recommend to take the box lunch (included in the price). It is not mandatory, but highly recommended. There will be no meals available in the park without a previous reservation. The meals in Sirena Station are equilibrated, made from local ingredients and served in generous portions. Inform us of your food restrictions: special diet, allergy and intolerance.
    • The only foods you can take with you in Sirena is limited to nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, some snacks, hydrating drinks, juice, and water. To the other stations, you can bring sandwiches and fruits. Be careful with what you bring, specialty with meat sandwich, the weather is hot, avoid any risk of food intoxication.
  • If you have your own transportation to go to Carate or Drake Bay, you will need a 4×4, as you will cross rivers and drive on slippery and mountainous land.
    • Parking in Sierpe costs $6 a day at the restaurant don Jorge La Perla del Sur
    • Parking in Carate costs $5 a day at Coco Osa (parking by the beach at the end of the road 245)
    • If you go to La Leona or Los Patos from Puerto Jiménez, bring your guide with you, he might shows you interesting sight on the way and you will be free to stop whenever you want to take pictures.
  • Children of all ages are welcome at every station. Let us know their age and discount will apply if they are under 12 years old.
  • A limited amount of people is allowed at each station, we recommend you to book early. Last minute, we can not guaranty the availability.
  • In case of any emergency, bring your medicine, a copy of your passport and your travel insurance information.

Park Rules and Regulation

  • You must be accompanied by a certified guide to visit Corcovado National Park.
  • You must have a prepaid reservation (we take care of it as part of the booking process).
  • Respect the environment: trash in / trash out; no animal feeding or hunting; smoking or entering the park with any drug or liquor is prohibited.
  • Traveling off trails or without your guide is prohibited.
  • Bringing pets or horseback riding inside the National Park is prohibited.
  • Swimming in the sea inside the park limitation is prohibited.
  • Night tours are not allowed in the Corcovado National Park. Open hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft (drones) over lands and waters without a previous authorization is prohibited. Additional fees apply for commercial purposes.

Transportation

Roundtrip transportation in a touristic van from and to Puerto Jimenez costs $40 per person. It is possible to arrange pick-up and drop-off from other locations for an additional price

Price for transportation vary according to the number of people and pick-up destination.

Boat transportation is included in the tour

Cancelation

This tour requires a deposit. Deposit will be refunded only if the park is sold out and your dates are not flexible.
Weather conditions in the Osa Peninsula are unpredictable, especially between September and November. If your journey had started and an unpredicted situation occurs (for example a river can’t be crossed), we do NOT make refund.

See other One Day Corcovado Tours!

Corcovado National Park is known for the diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and dense jungles. Corcovado remains the top destination park mainly for its large number of endangered species, which you might not see anywhere else. Examples of such species are jaguars, pumas, tapirs, ocelots, margays, squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws, great curassow and crested guan. One Day Corcovado Tours allow you to have a glance on the vivid park from different perspectives.

One Day Tour in La Leona offers a relatively easy hike, a great variety of animal life and the cheapest transportation (compared to other park entrances). The only one trail goes from Carate to Sirena, following the shore line between the sandy beach and the secondary rain forest. You won’t reach Sirena taking only a one day tour. The way back is in the same trail as the way in. The number of kilometers that will be travelled during this hiking day is variable depending on the animals that will be seen, you interest in getting information about the fauna and flora, your walking speed, the guide accompanying you and the weather condition to travel back to Puerto Jiménez in the afternoon. Normally, the hike last about 6 hours plus some time resting and having lunch.

One Day Tour in Sirena is the opportunity to be surrounded by the greatest wildlife diversity of Corcovado. Dropped in the park by boat, wander the rainforest trails chasing some of the most novel species of a borderless animal kingdom. There is so much to see that one day is definitively no enough to cover all the trails in a single day. Sirena is station where the possibility to see the endangered and impressive tapir are the highest. It is also the only station where food is provided. This tour includes a box lunch that will be served fresh in the installation. Due to the boat schedule, the time is limited in the park to about 3.5-hour hike. It is the perfect option for family with kids as all trails are flat and around the station.

San Pedrillo is the closest Ranger Station to Drake Bay. Accessible by foot or by boat, most take the boat to get to San Pedrillo as it takes the whole day to reach it walking by the beach and the high tide sometime makes it impossible. It is the only station where camping is allowed (you need to bring your own camping equipment). Around the station, there are trails in the primary forest leading to a few waterfalls, where it is possible to swim in natural holes. Even if wild cats are not often seen in the park as they are endangered of extinction, San Pedrillo is the station where they are more frequently observed.

One Day Tour in Los Patos brings you to the hearth of Corcovado. Accessible from La Palma only with 4-wheel drive vehicles in the dry season, you will cross Rincon river several times before reaching the ranger station. The duration is approximately one hour. Depending on the season, you might not be able to reach the station by car, but we will have other suggestions for you if the weather condition allow it. Either you get to Los Patos from La Tarde, a small community in the mountain, or driving until where it is possible and then following the river walking, horseback riding or in tractor. It might seem hard to access, but this remote location is definitively worth the pleasant trip to get there. While the three other stations are located by the Pacific Ocean, Los Patos is a hidden gem right in the middle of the Osa Peninsula surrounded by primary forests, pre-montagne and cloud forests; it is definitively the wildest one. More animal species might be find at La Leona and Sirena, but Los Patos hosts some amazing amphibians and less common birds. After a hike going up and down the mountain in the tropical jungle, discover a waterfall and venture into a freshwater swimming hole.
Interesting Facts About Stations

La Leona


The trail from La Leona to Sirena is the most used by tourists because it offers an easy hike. The one-day tour shows you the part of the Corcovado park from La Leona to Sirena, which consists of multiple species of monkeys, birds, and insects. La Leona trail is located in the forest, and sometimes you can see the ocean and hear the waves crashing on the sand.

Sirena


The largest station which offers multiple services is Sirena station. This is the only station, which allows you to stay inside the park for a couple of nights with an amazing buffet and large hostel place. There are 8 main trails around Sirena station, and all of them allow you to see amazing wildlife in its full beauty.

Los Patos


Los Patos station offers trails near site to visit a waterfall and to see amphibians and birds. The actual challenge is the trail from Los Patos to Sirena. It takes full day, includes crossing the river and hiking on mountain trals. Los Patos - Sirena is an actual adventure for experienced travellers.

San Pedrillo


The most northwest station offers an easy boat ride to Drake Bay and Sirena stations. Trails on site provide a relatively easy access to waterfalls. This is the only station that allows camping nowadays.